Edgar Bluff

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Edgar Bluff
Personal information
Full name Edgar Underwood Bluff
Date of birth (1882-03-19)19 March 1882
Place of birth Attercliffe, Sheffield, England
Date of death May 1952 (aged 70)
Place of death Northampton, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
Yorkshire Light Infantry
First Army Corps
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1904–1905 Southampton 27 (10)
1905–1907 Sheffield United 65 (18)
1907–1908 Birmingham 9 (1)
1908–???? St Helens Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Edgar Underwood Bluff (19 March 1882 – May 1952) was an English professional association footballer who played as an inside forward for various clubs in the 1900s.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Attercliffe, Sheffield he joined the Yorkshire Light Infantry in March 1900 where he served for four years. In April 1904 Southern League champions Southampton were seeking a replacement for the ageing Harry Wood. Bluff was spotted playing for the First Army Corps and the "Saints" directors were so impressed that they paid for his discharge from the Army, in time for Southampton's summer tour of South America, during which they played teams representing Argentina (when he scored four goals) and Uruguay, winning 8–0 and 8–1 respectively.[1]

He made his league debut on 24 September 1904 and soon formed an exciting partnership with Fred Harrison. According to Holley & Chalk, “his army discipline and training served him in good stead” and “he displayed a natural goal-scoring ability”, his heading being “a strong feature of his game”.[2] In his first season at The Dell he was top scorer (with George Hedley) with ten league goals, plus a further three in the FA Cup.

His form earned him a call-up to the England international squad where he was first reserve for a match against Ireland in 1905.

In the summer of 1905 the Southern League introduced a wage limit which resulted in the transfer of several players, including Bluff who reluctantly moved back to Yorkshire to join Sheffield United. At Bramall Lane he was never quite able to re-capture the form he had shown in Southampton, although he did score eleven goals in 1906–07, helping United to finish fourth in the First Division. In December 1907 he moved on to Birmingham for six months, followed by a spell with St Helens Town.

He died in Northampton at the age of 70.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1901-1910 Matches". www.cantab.net. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  2. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. pp. 35–36. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  3. ^ Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.